Originally Posted by jandron
For many years I was a voting member of NARAS (The Grammys), and I went through a period where I was working so much that I didn't really have time to listen to all the potential nominees, so I'd sometimes just go with something I was familiar with. I wonder if something similar might happen with the Emmy voters, turning it into a bit of a popularity contest.
I think for the Best Drama/Comedy nominations, it kind of has to be. Academy members are given a list of basically every show on TV, and are asked to pick the 10 best. Since it is practically impossible for most people to have watched every drama and comedy on every network and compare them all, people are going to vote for the shows they have seen or heard about from friends. For example, I haven't seen the HBO show Girls, so I couldn't vote for it.
For the final voting on Best Comedy and Drama, you actually have to watch episodes of all the nominees before voting. Or at least sign an affidavit saying that you have done so. So presumably the final vote for the Emmy winner is more informed.
For the individual peer groups, the nomination voting is done by the people in that craft. Performers vote on Performers, directors vote on directors, writers vote on writers, etc. For my peer group (Special Visual Effects), we fill up a theater with visual effects people, and screen all the entries one after another. The voting for the nominees is done after the whole panel has watched all the shows. It takes an entire day. Then for the final voting of the Emmy winners, we vote at home and we put the video submissions from nominees online so people can watch as a refresher if they need to. Some peer groups get DVDs to view at home. Some vote in panels. Each peer group decides what works best for them. I think the stunt guys just have a big fight to decide who gets the award (Ok, that part isn't true).
To Mr. Wally - I voted for Parks and Rec for Outstanding Comedy, but I *do* think the last season was less funny in general than the previous season. The ongoing election story line wasn't as interesting to me. So no surprise to me that the show didn't get as many votes from the Academy as last year. On the other hand, I have no idea how Offerman didn't get nominated. Ron Swanson continues to be one of the most consistently funny and t interesting characters in any comedy.